Apple just unveiled the iPhone 12 lineup. In classic Apple fashion, they touted the new and improved features of the new lineup. Most prominent out of which, is a circular array of rare earth magnets placed at the back of the device. Named ‘MagSafe’ for the sake of nostalgia, these will be used to attach a new range of accessories that are being introduced alongside the devices. Among these accessories, there will be a new range of wireless chargers that will be taking advantage of the magnets for precision alignment of the induction coils. This, coupled with the decision to not include a charger in the box, shows the clear direction Apple is taking towards a cableless future.
Reinventing the Wheel
Apple is a company known for re-inventing new technologies in a way they can be brought into the mainstream. It is no surprise that this implementation of wireless charging is somewhat intuitive compared to the competition. It will be experienced by millions considering the number of iPhones that are expected to be sold, as it has been over the years. Manufacturers of 3rd party accessories will follow suit with their own versions of wireless chargers that will put the ring of magnets to good use. The competition will be expected to follow suit with similar implementations to keep their buys happy.
At the Speed of Light
The Android landscape has had its own share of push towards wireless charging for some time. 2020 marks a significant milestone with the introduction of 50W wireless charging by the likes of Xiaomi. There are already speculations of 100W wireless charging coming in 2021. With such advancements, it is only a matter of time until we all ditch the cable for the convenience of wireless charging.
Modern smartphones are not just mere handheld phones. They have become incredibly powerful pocketable computers, powerful enough to go head-to-head with a decent modern laptop. For most people, their smartphone is the only computing device they own. The convenience of not having to plug the phone in while going about the day, but instead, letting the device charge merely by laying on a charging pad, would be appreciated by anyone.
To add to this, pushing towards high bandwidth connections, made possible by millimeter wave radio technologies such as ultra-wideband 5G ensures low latency connectivity on these modern mobile devices. Meaning, you no longer have to worry about fiber optic connections.
Apple MagSafe Accessories
Since Apple got rid of the 3.5 mm audio jack on the iPhone, we have been seeing significant improvements in the wireless audio space. High-fidelity fully wireless earbuds and wireless speakers that put out room-filling audio have become good enough to compete with their wired counterparts. Yet again, we have managed to ditch one more cable.
Will Apple completely ditch cables with the iPhone 13? Only time will tell. Even if it does not happen with the next generation of the iPhone, it is only a matter of time. When an influential company like Apple is pushing for a completely wireless future, it will only be a matter of time until the rest of the tech world follows along.
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